ABSA Cape Epic 2017

  • Epic
  • 8 days……652km…..15 100m of climbing….. This is the 2017 Absa Cape Epic and Exxaro is again very proud to be part of this spectacular event.

  • Development jersey Title Race
  • In 2012, the Exxaro Development Jersey was introduced. South African teams, of which both members are historically disadvantaged, may compete for the jersey – provided both are under 26-years old on 31 December of the year in which the race takes place.

  • Exxaro Development Mixed Teams
  • For the second time, the Exxaro MTB Academy is entering a team in the Mixed category


In 2011, three Exxaro teams participated in the Absa Cape Epic and raised R1,5 million for charity.

One aspect that became clear at the 2011 event was the virtual absence of any historically disadvantaged South African (HDSA) riders. Although many reasons can be put forward for this absence, example lack of resources; lack of interest; limited access to support structures; etc. it still remains unknown. Not only is there an obvious lack of knowledge about mountain biking (MTB) amongst HDSAs, but also a huge opportunity to bring MTB to all levels of society in South Africa.

vision and objectives


To introduce the mountain biking experience to historically disadvantaged communities and individuals, and ultimately assist to transform the sport in South Africa.


  • Increase the number of HDSA riders participating in MTB
  • Increase the number of HDSA riders participating in and finishing events like the Absa Cape Epic, and thereby establishing them as role models for young kids
  • Associate Exxaro with empowerment, leadership and support of the transformation of MTB in South Africa